Winner of the 2019 Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, David Fulmer has garnered numerous international accolades for his bold compositional aesthetic combined with his thrilling performances. A Guggenheim Fellow, and a leader in his generation of composer-performers, the success of his Violin Concerto at Lincoln Center in 2010 earned international attention and resulted in immediate engagement to perform the work with major orchestras and at festivals in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, and Australia. Fulmer made his European debut performing and recording his concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Matthias Pintscher in 2011. That same year, Fulmer made his debut at Tanglewood appearing with the work. A surge of recent and upcoming commissions include new works for the New York Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, BMI Foundation, Concert Artists Guild, Washington Performing Arts, Kennedy Center, Fromm Music Foundation, Koussevitzky Foundation, and Tanglewood.As conductor, Fulmer recently led the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Elision Ensemble, Sydney Modern Music Ensemble, along with appearances at the New York Philharmonic Biennial, Tanglewood Music Festival, and Lucerne Festival. Recent and upcoming highlights include important debuts leading the Ensemble Intercontemporain, ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, South Netherlands Philharmonic, and assisting concerts and projects with the New York Philharmonic. Fulmer made a triumphant return to the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra last season, which included a collaboration with IRCAM. This season he will return as Director, curator and conductor of the Mannes American Composers Ensemble in programs of 20th and 21st Century music, and continue his close collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble. Recently appointed as the Music Director and Conductor of the Hunter Symphony, Fulmer will lead the orchestra in his second season in four concerts featuring the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Debussy, Schubert, and Fauré. He made his debut appearance in 2014 on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series at Walt Disney Concert Hall. During the summer seasons, Fulmer has led concerts at the Chamber Music Northwest Festival, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.Fulmer was recently the recipient of both the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Carlos Surinach Commissioning Award from BMI. He is the first American recipient of the Grand Prize of the International Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers. He has also received the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the BMI Composer Award, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a special citation from the Minister of Education of Brazil, the Hannah Komanoff Scholarship in Composition from The Juilliard School, and the highly coveted George Whitefield Chadwick Gold Medal from the New England Conservatory. Fulmer appears regularly and records often with the premiere new music ensembles in New York, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Argento New Music Project, Speculum Musicae, the Group for Contemporary Music, and the New York New Music Ensemble. His work has been recorded by the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has appeared recently on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts. Fulmer is Director of Orchestral Studies at Hunter College, and Music Director and Conductor of the Hunter Symphony. He graduated from The Juilliard School.
"WITHIN HIS BENDING SICKLE'S COMPASS COME"
Commissioned by the Ensemble Intercontemporain
David Fulmer- Himmelfahrt in die Tiefen der Nacht - ON NIGHT - Part I
David Fulmer: "Original Wood" Performed by Conor Hanick, Piano and Cellist, Jay Campbell, "a subtle and explosive duo."
"Fulmer is one of the most important conductors and musicians working with contemporary music, and it was exciting to hear an example of his composing. His piece was a gorgeous, abstractly lyrical set of dramatic gestures and juxtapositions. The scoring for piano, flute, harp, bass, and percussion (mostly metallic and tuned) showed an impressive imagination and the kind of technique that gives one confidence the music is operating with utter clarity.
Built around a series of intimate dialogues between the players, the music centered on flutist Mindy Kaufman, who started on the bass flute, then switched to the regular instrument, and finally to piccolo in an enchanting duet with bassist Max Zeugner. The music followed this progression from lower to higher registers, free of any sense of marked time, perhaps slowly shrugging off a dream before waking to sunlight. Kaufman’s tone on each instrument was full bodied and pure."
— George Grella
“Mr. Fulmer, a dizzyingly skillful violinist, served as the soloist in his piece. Mr. Fulmer’s [violin] concerto, in 10 continuous movements packed into an eventful 18 minutes, was ruthlessly atonal and treacherously difficult. Grainy microtonal passages and sonorous electronic episodes figured into a constantly shifting musical terrain; Mr. Fulmer’s part came in and out of focus amid a welter of competing sensations. Information overload and a lack of obvious cues made the going tough; Mr. Fulmer’s piece would not reveal all in a single hearing. Still, the ear was repeatedly seized by arresting combinations of timbre, like a glowing mix of harp, percussion, harpsichord and celesta that surfaced near the end, and Mr. Fulmer’s prodigious playing commanded attention throughout.”
– New York Times
“Fulmer’s String Quartet No. 2 (2005), is performed by the Tetras String Quartet. Near the quartets end, there is a single silence, and then finally all the separate elements are brought together in a true "ensemble" format. What started as individual and isolated presentations, become styles evenly distributed between all four performers. This presents a striking aggressiveness as its climax. String Quartet No. 2 is an engaging piece and exhibits virtuoso writing and performing. David Fulmer should continue to be heard from as a performer and composer.”
– Living Music
“Fulmer followed that by conducting Milton Babbitt's 1957 "All Set," in which Webernian 12-tone intricacy meets an eight-member jazz band. California didn't have anything to do with this piece either, but Babbitt, an echt-East Coast Modernist from Mississippi, did here prove for the first time that serialism could cook.”
– Los Angeles Times
"Special bravos are reserved for David Fulmer, who played like a man possessed: his stage presence, tone, bow control and finger technique were simply stunning."
-New Music Connoisseur
“. . .and then the real kicker: violinist David Fulmer’s delivery of ‘Piece for Violin and Eight Instruments,’ for soloist with horn and wind ensemble. Shapey mentioned in his video remarks that he wrote so ‘musicians could see what was inside my head.’ Fulmer saw it, and Shapey would have known he did.”
– Boston Herald
“Solo violinist David Fulmer made a powerful impression in his full mastery of the demanding central role of Piece for Violin and Eight Instruments, with the Soria Chamber Players conducted by Orlando Cela.”
– Boston Phoenix
“The solo part requires both absolute solidity and soaring imagination; violinist David Fulmer supplied them.”
– Boston Globe
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